Summer Resources

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Summer 2019 Information

Summer Nutrition

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A short list of public parks and their addresses are:

  • Al Rollins Park at 521 Threadmill Road - 12:00
  • Civitan Public Park at 505 Shugart Road - 12:00
  • Dalton Green Park at the Corner of Spencer and Thornton Avenue - 12:00
  • Dalton Recreation Department at 904 Civic Drive - 12:00
  • Joan Lewis Park at 4th Avenue - 11:30
  • Mack Gaston Community Center at 218 Fredrick Street - 12:00
  • Mount Rachel Trail Park at W. Park Street - 12:00
  • Lakeshore Park at 1212 Dennard Drive - 11:30
  • Otic Cook Memorial Park at 800 Parkway - 11:30
  • Veterans Park at the Corner of Veterans and Mitchell Street - 12:00

Text "Summer Meals" to 97779 for a free summer meal location near you! This site includes date of operations, meals available at each location, meal times and more.

Please arrive as close to the feeding time listed as possible. All food must be eaten on site.

Summer Nutrition Sites:

Breakfast is served at Joan Lewis Park from 8 - 8:15 a.m. Lunch is served at the following locations and times:

  1. Al Rollins Park - 12:00
  2. Bryon Heights Apartments - 12:00
  3. Christ Church Presbyterian - 12:00
  4. Civitan Park - 11:30
  5. Dalton High School - 12:00
  6. Dalton Green Park - 12:00
  7. Dalton Recreation Department - 12:00
  8. Excalibur Apartments - 11:30
  9. Followers of Jesus Ministry Center - 12:00
  10. Iglesia Bautista Salem - 12:00
  11. Joan Lewis Park - Breakfast from 8 - 8:15 a.m. and Lunch at 11:30
  12. Lago Vista Apartments - 11:30
  13. Lakeshore Park - 11:30
  14. Mack Gaston Community Center - 12:00
  15. MIHS - 11:15
  16. Mountain Wood Apartments - 11:30
  17. Mount Rachel Trail Park - 12:00
  18. Otis Cook Memorial Park - 11:30
  19. North Star Gym - 12:00
  20. Park Place Apartments - 12:00
  21. Park Avenue Apartments - 11:30
  22. Parkview Apartments - 11:30
  23. Roan St. Elementary - 12:00
  24. Salvation Army - 12:00
  25. Scenic Valley Apartments - 12:00
  26. Stone Ridge Apartments - 11:30
  27. Strawberry Apartments - 11:30
  28. The Cliffs Apartments - 12:00
  29. The Georgian Apartments - 11:30
  30. Turf Road - 12:00
  31. Underwood Apartments Circle - 11:30
  32. Underwood Apartments 1 Beechland - 12:00
  33. Veterans Park - 12:00
  34. Westview Baptist Church - 12:00
  35. Westwood School - 12:00
  36. White's Pediatrics - 12:00
  37. Wood Park Estates - 12:00


Below is the summer schedule for Big Red READS. Big Red READS is a mobile library that brings books to our K-12 students during the summer months. It is a very rewarding experience to connect with our students in the summer and to promote their continued growth as readers!

Reminder: Parent Resources will also be available for checkout.

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of Big Red READS! We have distributed more than 12,000 books to our community and checked out 4,500 bags of leveled texts to our elementary students. None of this would be possible without the many wonderful volunteers we have had over the years!

If you would like to volunteer during the summer please contact Alice Ensley with the dates you are available. Volunteers meet at the location and help load and unload the bus. Volunteers help students select books and manage check out.

Thanks so much for supporting our students ALL year!

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Look for Big Red READS between 11:30-12:30 and get books to keep you reading all summer!

Monday, June 3Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 5Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, June 10Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 12Park Creek School1500 Hale Bowen Dr, Dalton GA 30721

Monday, June 17Civitan Park519 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 19Westwood School

708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Monday, June 24Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 26Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, July 8Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 10Veterans ParkCorner of Veteran's Dr. and Mitchell St.

Monday, July 15Civitan Park519 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 17Westwood School708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Story time & Free Books

First Presbyterian Story Time at Joan Lewis Park

700 4th Avenue

Thursdays, 11:30-12:30

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

Book Clubs for Grades 4-8

Join us at Sonic on Cleveland Highway for Book Club and snacks! Bring any book that you have read and want to discuss with friends!

June 25th

3 - 4 p.m.

July 11th

3 - 4 p.m.

Camps and Activities

Community Camps

Did you know there are unique camps designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities or students in emotional distress? With thanks to our partners in Atlanta, we have a resource your family can use (use the red button below)! If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Rosa Pacheco, Coordinator for Parent Involvement at (706) 876-4021.

View State Resource Here

Summer Camps

To see this chart in Spanish, click here.

NamePhone NumberWho?AgesCostDatesApplication Info
Camp Aim706-272-7919

Mary Smith

Children with history of sexual abuse

K - 12FreeJune 5 - 16
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact school counselor or social worker or call Family Support council.
Boys and Girls Club - The Carl Rollins Unit, Dalton Teen Center and Varnell Site706-226-2582


All children at all locations (Limited spots)5 - 18$60 per week. One time annual registration fee of $30 which can apply to after-school care, as well. Scholarships are available.June 3 - July 26. Will be closed July 4 - 5.Go to Boys and Girls Club at 1013 Underwood St. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Filling up fast!
Programs include Mountain Bikes, Reading Lab, Gym, outdoor play, field trips and a workforce development program for teens.
Camp High Hopes706-278-6595
Karen Paz

Children who have had services through NWGA Crisis Center -Domestic Violence or who have experienced homelessness

7 - 15FreeTBAContact your school social worker- must be referred by school social worker or crisis center (Scholarships might be available)

Camp Super Star at NWHSJosh RubenAll Children6 - 14$150 (Includes Lunch) Additional siblings are $125 each.June 10 - 21
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Contact Josh at

Community Center Summer Fun Camp706-278-8205All Children5 - 13$65 per week, $55 per sibling. Breakfast, Lunch and SnacksJune 3 - July 26
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call or stop by Community Center to register.
Registration fee of $20 per child. No camp the week of July 1.
Creative Arts Guild (Music, Dance, Art and gymnastics)706-278-0168 or www.creativeartsguild.orgAll ChildrenAges Depends on campCost Depends on camp.

Different for each camp.Call or visit to learn more.
Design and Engineering Camp at NWGA College and Career AcademyDalton Chamber
Middle SchoolRising 6 - 8 GradeFreeNew campers June 3 - 6
Returning campers June 4 - 7

Dalton Chamber is hosting this, limited space

Contact info:

Kiddie Carousel Summer Fun Camp706-259-8662All Children5 - 12$120 per week; $45 registration fee
3 field trips a week and water day
May 27 - August 2Call Kiddie Carousel
Precious Possessions Kids Camp706-226-1115All Children5 - 12$120 per week and $50 registration feeMay 27 - August 2Call Precious Possessions
4-H Camps:
706-278-8207All Children

Call 4-H or go to the office at 104 S. Thornton Avenue


At Rock Eagle

4- 6th gr


June 17 - 21


At Jekyll Island

7-8th gr


June 10 - 14


At Rock Eagle

9-12th gr


May 27 - 31

Marine Resource Camp

At Burton on Tybee Island

6-8th gr


July 8 - 12

Wilderness Challenge

At Wahsega

6-8th gr


July 1 - 5

DPRD Summer Art Camp Taught by Artist Paula Gregg706-278-5404

Boys & Girls

Ages 4 - 6
Ages 7 - 11


July 22 - 26
Ages 4 - 6: 9-11 a.m.
Ages 7 - 11: 1-3 p.m.
Space is limited.

Call 706-278-5404 to register.
Dalton Parks and Recreation Camps: Rising Sun and Sunshine706-278-5404
Lisa Hughey
Students with a diagnosis of mild to moderate disabilitiesAges 5 - 8 and 9 - 15TBATBAGo to Dalton Parks and Recreation on Civic Drive to register.
Salvation Army Day Camps:706-278-3966

All ChildrenNo cost.Go by Salvation Army and Pick up applications. 1101 N. Thornton Avenue
Dalton Rec Dept. Swim Lessons706-278-5404Boys & GirlsAges 4 - 12VariesSession 1: June 3 - 13
Session 2: June 17 - 27
Session 3: July 8 - 18
Call 706-278-5404 to register lessons at John Davis Recreation Center, Civic Dr.
Create and Play Studio Downtown Dalton
108 N. Pentz St.

All Children5 - 14 Depending on class$150 with a 10% discount for siblingsWeeks of June 3 - July 29
(No camps first week of July)
SEHS Drama Club
"A Year with Frog and Toad"
706-876-7129Boys and GirlsAges 5 - 13$100 for both weeks: Includes school lunch and tshirt. (May also bring lunch)June 10 - 21
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at SEHS
Contact to register.
SEHS Hoopsters Basic Skills Basketball Camp706-537-0626Boys and GirlsGrades K-8Basic: $60 and includes tshirt, basketball and lunch
Deluxe: $120 and includes Nike basketball shoes, tshirt, basketball and lunch
June 10 - 13
9 a.m. - noon at SEHS Gym

Boy Scouts of America706-272-7111Boys6 - 18VariesThroughout SummerCall Boy Scout Office
Girl Scouts of America706-226-1435GirlsVariesVariesThroughout SummerCall or go by office (2204 E. Walnut Ave) or
SEO Martial Arts 706-226-0855All Children5-18Weekly Rate - $149 and Daily Rates $30-50 depending on dayWeekly from May 27 - Aug. 9Go to to register, Call or visit SEO's Martial Arts on 1024 Riverburch Pkwy.
Fees include lunch, field trips, water day and tae kwon do activities.
Calvary Kids Camp706-270-3091All Children6 - 16$100 per week
Transportation provided, scholarships available
June 18 - 22
8 a.m. - 5:30
Registration starts May 1st, call 706-270-3091 or e-mail Jeff Bramblett at

Go Lead Camp
Team Building & Leadership
706-876-1590Boys & GirlsHigh School$50 registration covers tshirt, food and drinks, project transportation and materialsJune 3 - 7
9 a.m. - noon

Register with United Way

Whitfield/Murray Historical Society706-278-0217Boys & Girls4th - 8th Grade$45, or $35 for siblingsJuly 24 - 26Call to register.
Basketball Skills Camp
Frank Pinson
Boys and Girls2nd grade - adultTBD, includes tshirtEnd of July at Mac Gaston

Dalton State College Camps:
World of Science
Girls in STEM
Girls in STEM Jr.
Engineering Explorers

Boys & Girls2 - 5th grade$45 - $125June 1 - July 18706-272-4440
Register online at
WinShape Camp706-279-3175Boys & Girls1st - 9th Grade$219July 8 - 11 at DMS
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
July 12 is Family Fun Day from 8 - Noon

Creative Discovery Museum CampsNancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040.

Varies4 - 5, 8 - 12, 5 - 12VariesVariesVisit full list here.
Culprit Camp423-771-5285Boys & Girls1st - 12th GradeVaries - 8 Weeks TotalStarts 1st week of
Camp Le Papillon Oak Haven
Camp for pregnant or parenting teensTeensFree. Will give $5 gas cards to you each day if you provide your own transportation to camp. If you need a ride, let us know! Free childcare - will supply diapers, wipes. Please bring formula.May 28 - 31
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

at Christ King Lutheran Church 623 S. Thornton Ave.

Call or text Oak Haven to confirm you will be attending camp at (770) 823-4130.

We have lots of activities planned, including the Trading Post, yummy food, $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card giveaway, and family portraits!

Grace Presbyterian Sports Camp706-226-6344Boys and Girls1st - 8th Grade$10 per week.
Lunch and snacks included.
June 4 - 7
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Call or visit
Christ Church Presbyterian Rec Place706-529-5958Boys and GirlsGrades K-3Varies
Half and whole day available
June 3 - August

Catabots STEM/Robotics Camp

Catabots Summer Camp

Catabots Registration Form
First page of the PDF file: CatabotsRegistration

DPS Athletics Camps

2019 DHS Youth Summer Camps

Boys and Girls Lacrosse Camp

Girls and Boys, rising 5th - 9th grade students

June 4 - 6

DHS Turf Field

6 - 8 p.m.

$60 for one camper; $100 for two campers

Print off Lacrosse Camp Registration Form Here

Lady Cats Basketball Camp

Girls, Kindergarten - 8th Grade

June 6 - 7

6 - 8 p.m.

Dalton High School Gym


$60 for family of 2; $100 for family of 3

Basketball Camp Registration Form Here

Youth Boys Big Red Basketball Camp

Boys, Kindergarten - 8th Grade

June 17 - 18

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Print Off Basketball Camp Registration Form Here

Catamount Youth Football Camp

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

May 28 - 29

6 - 9 p.m.

Dalton High School Turf Room

$60 for one camper; $100 for 2 campers

Print off Football Camp Registration Form Here

Lady Cats Youth Softball Camp

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

June 3 - 5

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

DHS Softball Field


Print off Softball Camp Registration Form Here

Youth Cheerleading Clinic

4 year olds - 8th Grade

June 10 - 13

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dalton High School Gym

$75 if paid by May 10; $80 after May 10

Print off Cheerleading Clinic Registration Form here

Catamount Youth Soccer Camp (boys & girls)

Open to Girls and Boys Kindergarten - 8th Grade

June 10 - 12

12 - 3 p.m.

Dalton High School Indoor Facility


Print off Youth Soccer Camp Registration Form Here

Youth Girls Volleyball Camp

Open to all rising 4th-8th grade girls

July 22 - 23

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Dalton High School Gym


Print off Volleyball Registration Form Here

Catamount Baseball Camp

Rising 1st - 8th Graders

June 5 - 7

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Al Rollins Park

$55 if pre-registered by May 25; $65 Day of Camp

Print Registration Form Here

DPS Summer School

Dalton Public Schools Summer School 2019

Held at MIHS

What: Summer school for credit recovery

When: june 3 - july 18 (Monday - Thursday)

Closed July 1 - 5 for holidays

Morning Session: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

No afternoon session

EOCT's: July 10 - 17, makeups July 18

Where: Morris innovative high school

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Email: Russ Southerland

Cost: $150 per 1/2 credit course, $200 for full credit

Registration: May 30 (2 - 6 p.m.) and May 31 (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) in the MIHS gymnasium

Must register in person and pay at time of registration

*Courses will be delivered through the Canvas using the Florida Virtual Schools Curriculum with a certified teacher present in each lab.
Note: Students may start an additional course for credit recovery if the first course is completed prior to June 24. Additional charges will apply. Courses may not be carried over beyond summer school. Incomplete courses will earn failing grades.

Clases de Verano 2019 a MIHS

Qué: Escuela de verano para la recuperación de créditos

Cuándo: Junio 3 - Julio 18 (Lunes-Jueves)

Cerrado: del 1 al 5 de julio para vacaciones

Sesión de la mañana: 8 - 11:30 a.m.

No hay sesión de la tarde

Examen EOCT’s: 11 - 17 de julio, retomar 18 de julio

Dónde: Morris Innovative High School

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Correo electrónico: Russ Southerland

Costo: $ 150.00 por curso de 1/2 crédito y $ 200.00 por crédito completo

Inscripción: Mayo 30 (2 - 6 p.m.) y mayo 31 (8 a.m. a 12 p.m.) a Gimnasio MIHS

DEBE INSCRIBIRSE EN PERSONA Y PAGAR al momento de la inscripción.

* Currículo con un maestro certificado presente en el laboratorio.
Nota: Los estudiantes pueden comenzar un curso adicional para recuperación de crédito si el primer curso es completa antes del 24 de junio. Adicional: Se aplicarán cargos por cursos adicionales. Los cursos no pueden seguir más allá de la Escuela de Verano. Escuela de Verano: Los cursos incompletos obtendrán calificaciones reprobadas.

Summer Reading/Library Program

Summer Reading Challenge

First page of the PDF file: SummerReadingChallenge

Library Special Events

First page of the PDF file: LibrarySpecialEvents

Summer Reading at Roan School

Come by Roan School's media center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 .m. (Program at 11 a.m.)


June 4 - Out of the Box (I Robot Trailer)

June 11 - Jerry G. White (Historical Performer/storyteller From Aviator to Astronaut)

June 18 - Star Lab

June 25 - Animal Adventures (Live Animals)

You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading is partnering with Renaissance myON to deliver thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 6 through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

  1. Visit to get registered.
  2. Once you have registered, instructions on your county-specific log-in will be sent to you within 24 – 48 hours.
  3. Go to and click the myON Login button.
  4. Enter the following information:
    School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
    Username: included with your registration instructions
    Password: read
  5. Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!


  • View the myON recommended system requirements.
  • For this partnership program, all readers share a single account with unlimited, 24/7 access to enhanced digital books in myON by Renaissance without personalization elements.

We Want to Hear from You

The only thing better than reading a good book is sharing it with others. We encourage all readers—kids, dads and moms, grandparents and caregivers, teachers, and librarians—to send written and video book reviews that we will publish on

Get social this summer by sharing book recommendations, snapping selfies with your favorite titles, showing off where you’re reading and who you’re reading with! Be sure to use the hashtags #GetGAReading and #myON with your social media posts.

Safety Tips

Water Safety Facts

  • Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
  • 5,209 children in U.S. will sustain nonfatal near drowning-related injuries this year.
  • 89 percent of boating deaths of all ages occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
  • African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children.
  • The use of specially made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment in pools.

Top Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  • Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.

More info at

From the State of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services

Lack of Supervision Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Many individuals have questions regarding at what age children may be left unsupervised. While there are no State laws regarding the supervision of children, DFCS has guidelines which we follow. The guidelines are as follows:

• Children eight years or younger should not be left alone

• Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time; and,

• Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.

These guidelines pertain only to children who are not in the Department’s custody. Situations involving children for whom the department has placement responsibility are governed by foster care requirements. There are sometimes circumstances where an unsupervised older child is at risk or where a younger child has the maturity level to be left alone or to care for other children. Some examples are:

• It may not be advisable to leave an older child who has a special condition or disability alone.

• Consideration may be given to a child younger than 13 years, who exhibits strong maturity skills and has participated in a course on babysitting, to be alone or to care for other children. Suggested questions to ask are:

1) Does the child know the emergency plan for the family?

2) Does the child know the parent's phone numbers (work and home)?

3) Can the child demonstrate the plan and recite the numbers?

4) What is the availability of the parent during this time?

5) Are there environmental factors that add further risk to the situation?

6) Are there factors that reduce risk, i.e. supportive/available neighbors?

If you have questions and want to talk to the local Whitfield DFCS Office, please call 706-272-2834. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 855-GA-CHILD.